Xaverian No. 1 in first baseball poll

We unveiled our first statewide MIAA Top 25 baseball poll of the 2013 season last night. To see the poll, CLICK HERE.

From herein, look for the poll to be updated every Friday during the regular season.

A few notes and observations about the first poll of the season:

Xaverian No. 1, Catholic Conference reigns supreme: To little surprise, defending Division 1 state champion Xaverian comes in at No. 1 in the first poll of the 2013 season, behind a deep pitching staff led by seniors Austin DeCarr and Alex Person. As is typical with the first poll of many a baseball season in Massachusetts, the Catholic Conference dominates the top, with four of its five teams reprsented in the first six spots. St. John's Prep is directly behind Xaverian at No. 2, followed by BC High (4) and Malden Catholic (5). While not listed, the Catholic Conference's other school, Catholic Memorial, could make some noise this spring as well.

Good showing from Lynn, NEC: The Northeastern Conference is one of three leagues with three members ranked in the first poll of the year, led by No. 5 Peabody and its crafty righthander Pat Ruotolo. The other two schools are archrivals from the city of Lynn, English (20) and Classical (24). Both schools feature one of the state's top players -- English with its Vanderbilt-bound lefty Ben Bowden, and Classical with its Stony Brook-bound catcher Kyle Devin.

Eyes on the Bay State Prize: It should be an interesting season in the Bay State Conference, which also has three teams ranked to start the year. No. 3 Walpole should be a favorite again, but things have already gotten interesting with No. 10 Newton North delivering an upset yesterday. Also keep an eye on No. 19 Norwood, as well as Braintree and Wellesley.

Here's how the poll breaks down this week by league affiliation:

Catholic Conference - 4

Bay State - 3

Northeastern - 3

Valley League - 3

Southern Worcester County - 2

Atlantic Coast - 1

Central Mass. Conference - 1

Eastern Athletic - 1

Hockomock - 1

Merrimack Valley - 1

Mid-Wach A - 1

Middlesex - 1

South Coast - 1

Tri-Valley - 1

Valley Wheel - 1